kate5kiwis: standing on the rooftops, everybody scream your h-e-a-r-t out!!!


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Thursday, May 22, 2008

standing on the rooftops, everybody scream your h-e-a-r-t out!!!

well, it's that time of year again when the government graciously slips us a few bucks. i have noticed, though, that the homeschooling allowance is exactly the same total that it was when D18 was a nipper all. those. years. ago.
like, what is with *that*?
inflation, schminflation.
yeah, yeah, i s'pose we're lucky to get the few bucks we do get. never mind that a kid at a decile one school gets allocated around six thousand a year to pop its head into a classroom every day. (am i right? that does sound like an awful lot, and i can't find the stat's. yeah, i just fished that figure outta my brainswirl)
but hey dood/doooooodette, it's our choice.
(maybe it's time to get off our derrières and get into the Beehive with all the other uncles mothers wimmin? and while i'm at it, i'm going for splitting household income for lentils tax purposes. but have you watched them at it on Parliament TV? that's Bulldog's and Jemaine's favourite show.
sheesh, now there's some rooftop screamin' for ya. and there's all these three hour breaks for dinner. i think i'd fit right in.)

so this morning we jumped in The Tardis and beat our fake-converse-clad feet down town with fists full of pooled resources to acquire That Thing We've Been Lusting After For Simply Ever. and for the last hour, and probably all afternoon - even though the sun is shining - we are inside, listening to our heartbeat, watching every sunset.
yep, another highly eduKATEional moment at our place.
oh, J11 and i just scored *superstar* singing whatever-it-was-that-we-sang...
oh and i just scored *singstar* singing Vertigo...
did someone say NINJA?

boo yah.


Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

Sounds like some things are different in NZ re:homeschooling. Here we have to pay property taxes to public school, and pay for all of our homeschooling stuff out of our own pocket.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous sarah bean said...

Hubby's favourite program too lol.

OOOh, singgggstar. Fun. I imagine. lol

all those graphs and charts have me very confused, what a terrible teacher i will be ;)

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't suppose people in the UK get a homeschooling allowance. I guess in fairness maybe everyone should get vouchers to spend as they see fit (I'd spend my children's educational vouchers on wine most probably though so perhaps that wouldn't be such a good idea?).

Enjoy your singing.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Ah the PS2. I must confess to loathing the wretched console but it does I will allow make for easy babysitting and keeps the older boy entertained for hours. Until he accuses the PS2 of cheating and has a major tantrum. It's a love / hate thing for him too.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Laura/CenterDownHome said...

No homeschool allowance here. I guess that's okay, 'cause I can't imagine the US or state government giving us something for nothing. They'd probably make us take their tests or jump through some hoop or other.

PS2 is another languge for me. We speak Xbox and Wii. I have tried manning the mike on Rockband when the kids are playing drums and guitar. Let's just say ... they won't let me play anymore.

Sounds like you rock, though, Mama!

1:22 AM  
Blogger Lutheran Lucciola said...

Do folks in NZ have to pay taxes for public schools like we do here?

9:09 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

well, yes. but it's not really a lucrative operation. we get around $NZ700 for the first child and the allowance decreases exponentially per extra child. the thing i'm grousing about is that the allowance is the same that it was twelve years ago when we first got it for D18. not that i'm in it for the money, i'm just sayin'.

i don't worry about graphs and charts, thankfully Bulldog knows how to read them. Bulldog and i had our very own singstar partee last night, oh it was hilarious.

yes, we've thought about vouchers. it's all a bit tricky.

S10 is wanting me to play his skater game with him. i am doing my non-techno-guru-avoidance dance. there's just all these BUTTONS on the controller!! so i think i will JUST DO IT. tomorrow.

that is so funny about Rockband. sometimes i am giggling too much to make sense of songs. it's all about the *dancing* imho! that's what makes me start giggling.

we definitely pay taxes, and they all go into a big "pool". the politicians then decide how much money goes here, there and everywhere: health and education etc. so our taxes indirectly go to our local school. and pay for the operations grants, teachers' salaries, blah blah.
how wealthy the area is in which a school is placed determines how much $ the government gives to it. a poorer socio-economic area gets more money, which i think is good.

11:02 PM  

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